Overton overwhelms Tigers in second half

Friday, December 28, 2012
Marshall County's Cameron Bowers scores on a layup over Overton's Cooper Byers in the second quarter. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Coming off a 63-58 victory over West Creek the previous day, the Marshall County Tigers (7-5) were unable to knock off another Class AAA foe on Friday when they lost 63-51 to the Overton Bobcats (5-8) at the East Nashville Holiday Classic.

Marshall County took the fight to the Bobcats in the first half and held a 35-29 lead at the break, but Overton regrouped after the intermission and outscored the Tigers 34-16 over the final two quarters to claim the 12-point win.

"The aggressiveness of Overton at the start of the third quarter was the difference in the game because we backed away from it. The same thing happened in the third quarter against Lincoln County and in the fourth quarter against Riverdale," said MCHS coach Adrian Wilson. "Winning last night's game was encouraging, but we should have won tonight too. Hopefully playing this type of team will help prepare us for some of the tougher opponents we'll face later in the season."

Despite hitting 9-of-15 field goal attempts in the second period, Marshall County shot just 34 percent (22-of-65) from the floor overall, which included a 4-of-18 effort from three-point range.

The Tigers did commit only 10 turnovers, but the Bobcats outrebounded MCHS 41-25 and held a 11-6 edge on the offensive glass.

"We controlled the boards in the first half and in the second half Overton controlled them. It was like a different team showed up for us in the second half. They just wanted it more than us," said Wilson.

Marshall County's Chris Walker shoots a jumper over a pair of Overton defenders in the first quarter.

Kasey Pleas and Aaron Hobbs both tallied 16 points to lead Marshall County with Pleas grabbing a team high 11 rebounds. Cameron Bowers added six points as well, while Chris Walker and Malek Sain each notched five points with Walker recording seven rebounds and six assists. Barry Mayes also chipped in three points and six assists for the Tigers.

Aided by a 7-of-10 shooting performance in the fourth quarter, the Bobcats shot 43 percent (25-of-58) from the field overall despite making only 3-of-13 attempts from beyond the arc.

Overton also committed just 13 turnovers and knocked down all 10 of their free throws, compared to a 3-of-7 effort at the foul line by Marshall County.

Ivan Alsup paced the Bobcats with 24 points, while Shaq Davis tallied 17 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocked shots. Will Jennings and Daniel Goode added seven points apiece for Overton as well.

The Bobcats inched out to a 9-6 lead midway through the first quarter before MCHS went on a 15-8 run behind six points from Hobbs, four points from Bowers, and a Sain trey to seize a 21-17 advantage early in the second period.

Overton outscored Marshall County 10-5 over the next 2:48 to pull ahead 27-26, but the Tigers closed the first half with a 9-2 spurt thanks to three layups from Pleas and a Walker three to take a 35-29 lead into the break.

The momentum then swung towards the Bobcats' bench at the start of the second half, as Overton tallied the first 16 points of the third quarter to grab a 45-35 advantage.

Marshall County outscored the Bobcats 9-2 over the final 2:27 of the third period with the help of five points from Hobbs and baskets from Sain and Pleas to narrow the gap to 47-44, before Overton extended their lead to 51-44 early in the fourth quarter on an Alsup jumper and a layup by Cooper Byers.

After slicing the deficit to 55-51 with 4:20 left on the strength of a Hobbs trey and layups by Pleas and Bowers, the Tigers failed to score again while the Bobcats notched the last eight points of the game to pull away for the 63-51 victory.